The backbone of the labour force is pillared by many things, yet none are more important than skills and skills acquisition. This week we celebrate the key driver fortifying Australia’s current and future workforce.

For the last 11 years, National Skills Week has dedicated itself to promoting the benefits of practical and vocational learning.

Joblife has been an incubator for talent, fostered skilled workers, and met industry demand through VET training.

Regional Team Leader Dave Curtis collaborated with Joblife parent company Life Without Barriers (LWB) to engage and train job seekers undertaking a Certificate III in Individual Support, subsequently cultivating a breeding ground for LWB to find support workers.

“LWB had a social inclusion policy for People living with a disability [PWD] on their workforce and Joblife had PWD clients that needed jobs, so it was the perfect fit.” Dave said.

Joblife’s Tuggerah office became ground zero for this pre-employment program for support workers. Joblife spearheaded study sessions to complete assessments and LWB facilitated placements.

Joanne Wilson* was a Joblife client that thrived because of this program. Joanne lives with an intellectual disability and never received the support she needed to overcome her barriers. This made her determined to help people like her.

Inclusivity is an important facet of the program, the objective being to build client capacity and give them the chance to succeed. Joanne struggled with assessments, so Dave ensured a case manager was available to Joanne during the program.

After 120 hours of placement, Joanne was offered a position with LWB upon completion of her certificate.

Joanne’s success will be celebrated alongside National Skills Week at Joblife, as she demonstrates that VET training can open doors and find a job for everybody.

*Joanne’s name has been changed to protect her identity.

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